Department of Construction Science

The construction industry is the largest industry in the nation with more than 7.7 million employees who annually produce more than 5 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. Managing the construction process requires a broad understanding of the principles of construction science as well as leadership skills in motivating teams and integrating a wide range of tasks to produce a completed project.

The primary mission of the Department of Construction Science is to prepare students for successful careers and future leadership roles in construction and construction-related industries. The program integrates principles of architecture, technology, engineering, business and project management preparing students to effectively manage the total construction process. Courses taught by the Department include construction materials and methods, fundamental design courses in soils and foundations, mechanical and electrical systems and structures, project control systems and management, construction law, labor and contracts, and industry emphasis courses. In addition, related courses from other colleges are included to ensure a broad base of knowledge in business, engineering and construction fundamentals.

Enrollment in Construction Science Program

  1. Students must have satisfactorily completed at least 54 hours of coursework with a minimum GPR of 2.5 for those courses completed at Texas A&M University.
  2. Students must satisfactorily complete the following courses as part of the 54 hours of coursework with a minimum of a 2.5 GPR to be considered to upper level:
    Construction Science
    CHEM 101
    CHEM 111
    Fundamentals of Chemistry I
    and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
    4
    or GEOL 101   or Principles of Geology 
    or ENGR 101   or Energy: Resources, Utilization and Importance to Society 
    COSC 175Construction Graphics Communication3
    COSC 253Construction Materials and Methods I3
    COSC 254Construction Materials and Methods II3
    COSC 275Estimating I3
    ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
    ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing3
    or COMM 203   or Public Speaking 
    MATH 141Finite Mathematics3
    MATH 142Business Calculus3
    PHYS 201College Physics4
    Total Semester Credit Hours32
  3. Students must apply for upper level through the department. The application is to be submitted the semester or summer session in which all of the above criteria are met.

    • March 1 for Summer admission

    • June 15 for Fall admission

    • October 1 for Spring admission

COSC 153 Introduction to the Construction Industry

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Characteristics of the construction industry; types of construction companies; contracts; people involved in a project, their responsibilities and interrelationships; evolution of a project; interpreting working drawings; construction bonds; contract documents.

COSC 175 Construction Graphics Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Visualization, interpretation and communication of graphical geometry in construction design and engineering; graphical analysis of problems; sketching applications, computer aided design, and fundamentals of information modeling software; introduction to common quantitative tools in construction.
Prerequisite: COSL majors only.

COSC 202 Introduction to Housing

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Overview of the social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts of housing on communities and nations; varied prospectives to understand the different facets of housing and their impacts on the human experience; critical thinking skills to gain knowledge and to be informed of housing choices.

COSC 253 Construction Materials and Methods I

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(ARCH 2312) Construction Materials and Methods I. Materials, methods and sequences of the construction process; emphasis on design, specification, purchase and use of concrete, masonry and wood.

COSC 254 Construction Materials and Methods II

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(ARCH 2313) Construction Materials and Methods II. Analysis of materials and methods used in the design and construction of buildings with a particular emphasis on structures using structural steel reinforced concrete and dimensional framing lumber.
Prerequisite: COSC 253.

COSC 275 Estimating I

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Systems approach to determining required quantities of construction materials; quantification of various types of foundation systems, structural systems and building envelope systems; excerpts of contract documents from a variety of different building projects.
Prerequisites: COSC 175; COSC 254.

COSC 284 Introduction to Applied Workplace Ethics, Etiquette and Communications

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

For students in an experiential learning environment; required reading assignments on topics concerning workplace ethics, etiquette and communications; apply and discuss reflective writing assignments in order to prepare to meet the professional expectations of employers upon graduation.
Prerequisite: Engaged in an internship, co-op or other experiential learning opportunity working a minimum of 20 hours per week.

COSC 285 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 3. 1 to 3 Other Hours.

Special project in construction science. Project must be approved by the department.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

COSC 291 Research

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in construction science. May be repeated 2 times for credit.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification; approval of instructor.

COSC 301 Construction Surveying

Credits 2. 0 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

Practical applications of surveying to the practice of construction project management; distance, grade and angular measurement; surveying equipment and its application to construction layout and control; surveying documentation and field work; introduction to other three dimensional measurement and positioning systems.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 310 Design and Construction Leadership Education I

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Promotion of personal leadership skills utilized within the design and construction professions; primary understanding and developing management skills with specific attention to developing personal attributes and skills necessary for achieving organizational goals.
Prerequisites: CARC majors only pursuing the minor in leadership in the design & construction professions; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COSC 321 Structural Systems I

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to the physical principles that govern classical statics and strengths of materials through the design of architectural structures.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 323 Soils in Construction

Credits 2. 1 Lecture Hour. 3 Lab Hours.

Introduction to soils as used in construction projects; engineering properties, soil classification, soil exploration. embankment control, dewatering, excavation supports, foundations.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 325 Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems in Construction I

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Design, operation, materials and installation methods of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in construction.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 326 Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems in Construction II

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

In depth coverage of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) system operations, materials and installation methods; development of MEP drawings, specifications and contract documents as used in MEP specialty contracting industry.
Prerequisite: COSC 325.

COSC 333 Project Management for Faculty Managers

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Overview of project management for facility managers covering concepts and components of project management and their interrelationships in construction practice.
Prerequisite: Minor in facility management; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COSC 351 Construction Equipment and Methods

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Management principles of construction equipment selection, operation and safety; development of skills necessary to select an equipment mix that yields maximum productivity and best value.
Prerequisite: COSC 323.

COSC 353 Construction Project Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

An introduction to construction project management covering concepts of project selection, estimating bidding, scheduling, subcontracting practices, cost controls, project documentation, construction bonds, insurance, payments and the elements of close out; development of professional communication skills through prepared multi-media presentations.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 364 Construction Safety I

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Administration and application of the OSHA Act in the construction industry; includes standards, the general duty clause, competent person, and hazard identification; fulfills the requirements for the ten-hour OSHA certifications.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 375 Estimating II

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Quantification and pricing of direct field costs and general condition costs from construction documents; the preparation of complete lump sum bid package ready for project execution; complete set of contract documents required.
Prerequisites: Admission to upper level in Construction Science; COSC 275.

COSC 381 Professional Ethics in the Construction Industry

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Principles of ethical behavior in preparation for a professional internship with a construction or construction-related company; various construction company case studies emphasizing: personal accountability, integrity, moral courage, individual, association and company codes of conduct; accepted business practices, decision making, company cultures, peer pressure, public opinion.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 410 Design and Construction Leadership Education II

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Development of competencies in various leadership and management practices that are useful in an array of situations; emphasis on organizational leadership and management development with specific attention to intragroup relationships and techniques for achieving group goals.
Prerequisites: COSC 310, CARC majors only pursuing the minor in leadership in the design and construction professions; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COSC 411 Seminar in Design and Construction Executive Leadership

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Promotes an understanding of leadership and builds the capacity to understand and meet the challenges involved in developing and leading ethical and sustainable organizations in today’s economy; examination of theory, conceptualizing, reflection and application; share experiences in everyday life and learn to predict outcomes based on theoretical models.
Prerequisite: COSC 410; CARC majors only pursuing the minor in leadership in the design and construction; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COSC 421 Soil and Structural Analysis.

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Advanced structural analysis of steel and concrete members with an introduction to soil properties and constituents; utilizations of computer analysis tools.
Prerequisite: COSC 321.

COSC 422 Structural Systems III

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Structural principles applied to the design and construction of architectural reinforced concrete structures, reinforced masonry structures, and other selected topics.
Prerequisite: COSC 421.

COSC 440 Interdisciplinary Capstone

Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.

A senior capstone for students preparing to enter the designbuild sector of the construction industry; integration of the design and construction processes into a single, cohesive project delivery system, starting with project inception, and carrying through construction, operation and maintenance of various types of construction projects.
Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

COSC 441 Residential Capstone

Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.

A senior capstone course for students preparing to enter the residential construction industry; project management of residential projects, including: market analysis, site analysis, residential design, building codes, estimating, scheduling, financing, subcontracting, marketing, business planning and current trends in design and construction.
Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

COSC 442 Commercial Capstone

Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.

A senior capstone course for students preparing to enter the commercial construction sector; project management of commercial construction projects, including: aspects of design, bidding/estimating. Presentation, value engineering, contracts/negotiation, subcontractor relations, cost controls, management during construction, close out, and post-construction requirements.
Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

COSC 443 Industrial Capstone

Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.

A senior capstone course for students preparing to enter the industrial construction sector; project management of industrial construction projects including: project acquisition, planning and staffing, engineering, procurement, construction, start-up, close out, operations and maintenance, and turn-arounds.
Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

COSC 446 Specialty Capstone

Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.

Senior capstone course for students preparing to enter the mechanical, electrical or other specialty construction company; project management of specialty contracts, including: project acquisition, schematic system design, estimating/bidding, scheduling, systems integration, value engineering, management during construction of crews and procurement, contract administration, business planning and current industry issues.
Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

COSC 450 Facility Management Principles and Practices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Principles of facility management; the life cycle of a project; strategic planning; performance measurements; life cycle cost approach; building sustainability; maintenance management; and industry practices.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 459 Industrial Construction

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Industry specific knowledge such as concepts of developing construction management strategies of industrial projects, materials and methods, structural and mechanical components; preparation to effectively resolve challenges faced in the industrial construction sector.
Prerequisites: Admission to upper level in construction science; COSC 375.

COSC 461 Building Information Modeling System

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of a data-rich, object-oriented, and parametric digital representation of the facility, from which views and information can be extracted and analyzed for construction project acquisition, planning, and control.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 463 Introduction to Construction Law

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to basic contract and tort issues and their application in the construction industry; delineation of the various types of contracts and remedies available to parties involved in a construction project; additional related topics including bidding, delays, mechanics liens, site conditions, warranties and the Uniform Commercial Code as it relates to the construction industry, introduction to legal research and reasoning as used by professional constructors.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

COSC 464 Construction Safety II

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Administration and application of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act in the construction industry; includes: OSHA standards, the general duty clause, competent person, and hazard identification; fulfills the requirements for the thirty-hour OSHA, CPR and First Aid certifications.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper-level in Construction Science.

COSC 465 Advanced Topics in Construction Law

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Legal issues affecting construction, including the parties to construction work, contracting, responsibilities and risk, risk management, damages, handling of claims and disputes, indemnification, bonds, insurance, bankruptcy, labor and employment, and subcontract management; litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods regularly used in the construction industry.
Prerequisite: COSC 463.

COSC 468 Risk Management in the Built Environment

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Decision-making and risk analysis concepts in the context of the built environment and construction projects; major categories and tools of risk management regularly used in the construction industry such as contracts, insurance and bonds.
Prerequisites: Admission to upper level in construction science and COSC 463 or concurrent enrollment.

COSC 474 Facility Management Summer Internship

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Summer internship (10 weeks, 400 hours) in a facility management related position that exposes the student to facility management activities; daily logs, monthly reports, final report and completion letter required; distance education off-campus course. May not be enrolled in any other TAMU course while enrolled in COSC 474.
Prerequisites: COSC 450; approval of internship faculty coordinator.

COSC 475 Construction Project Planning

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Development of parameter cost estimates for activities that relate to the construction of a building project; work packages sequenced, planned and leveled to develop a working project execution document; development of procedures to monitor actual field progress.
Prerequisite: COSC 353, COSC 375.

COSC 477 Construction Project Controls

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to construction related financial documents including: schedule of values, labor and operations cost reports, income statements, balance sheets and construction budgets; emphasis on the development of techniques required to effectively monitor the financial aspects of a construction project.
Prerequisite: COSC 353.

COSC 481 Seminar

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Seminar discussion of construction equipment selection, utilization maintenance and operating cost.
Prerequisite: Must be taken last full semester before graduation.

COSC 483 Construction Industry Contemporary Issues

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Introduces graduating seniors to contemporary issues in the construction industry.
Prerequisite: Must be taken last full semester before graduation.

COSC 484 Summer Internship

Credits 3. 3 Other Hours.

Summer internship (10 weeks, 400 hours) with a construction or construction-related company that exposes the student to construction-related activities; daily logs, monthly reports, final report and completion letter required; distance education course with non-resident status. No other TAMU courses may be taken while enrolled in COSC 484.
Prerequisites: COSC 364 and COSC 381; approval of internship faculty coordinator.

COSC 485 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 5. 1 to 5 Other Hours.

Special problems in building construction.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper-level in Construction Science.

COSC 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Selected topics in an identified field of construction science. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper-level in Construction Science.

COSC 491 Research

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in construction science. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded.
Prerequisites: Admission to upper level in Construction Science and approval of instructor.

COSC 494 Internship

Credits 7. 7 Other Hours.

An internship (15 weeks, 600 hours) with a construction or construction-related company that exposes the student to construction-related activities, daily logs, monthly reports, final report and completion letter required; distance education course with non-resident status. No other TAMU courses may be taken while enrolled in COSC 494.
Prerequisites: COSC 364 and COSC 381; approval of internship faculty coordinator.

Benham, James, Visiting Lecturer
Construction Science
MS, Texas A&M University, 2014

Bigelow, Ben, Assistant Professor
Construction Science
PHD, University of Colorado, 2014

Bilbo, David, Professor
Construction Science
EDD, Texas A&M University, 1977

Boldt, Gary, Senior Lecturer
Construction Science
BS, Texas A&M University, 1983

Bryant, John, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1995

Carlson, Kimberly, Senior Lecturer
Construction Science
MAR, Texas A&M University, 2002

Choi, Kunhee, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, University of California at Berkeley, 2008

Choudhury, Iftekharudd, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1994

Dixit, Manish, Assistant Professor
Construction Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2013

Du, Jing, Assistant Professor
Construction Science
PHD, Michigan State University, 2012

Ellis, Debra, Senior Lecturer
Construction Science
BS, Texas A&M University, 1990

Escamilla, Edelmiro, Instructional Assistant Professor
Construction Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2011

Eustace, George, Senior Lecturer
Construction Science
MA, Texas A&M University, 1977

Feigenbaum, Leslie, Senior Lecturer
Construction Science
MS, Texas A&M University, 1985

Fernandez-Solis, Jose, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006

Fickel, Larry, Senior Lecturer
Construction Science
BS, Texas A&M University, 1981

Grisham, Ray, Lecturer
Construction Science
JD, University of Texas at Austin, 1972

Haque, Mohammed, Professor
Construction Science
PHD, New Jersey's Science & Technology University, 1995

Horlen, Joseph, Associate Professor
Construction Science
JD, Baylor University, 1980

Huff, Jerome, Visiting Lecturer
Construction Science
BS, Texas A&M University - Commerce, 2013

Kang, Ho-Yeong, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2001

Lavy, Sarel, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel, 2006

McGowan, Anne, Instructional Professor
Construction Science
MS, Texas A&M University, 1976

Nichols, John, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2002

Rodgers, William, Professor of Practice
Construction Science
JD, Texas Tech University, 1978

Rybkowski, Zofia, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, University of California - Berkeley, 2009

Ryoo, Boong, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, University of Wisconsin - madison, 1995

Williamson, Kenneth, Associate Professor
Construction Science
PHD, University of Oklahoma, 1994

Workman, Ronald, Senior Lecturer
Construction Science
MS, Texas A&M University, 2002